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the presidential election. but this giant storm called sandy is not over yet. the storm making landfall just outside atlantic city, new jersey, at 8:00 p.m. eastern time tonight. forecasters calling sandy a post pos post-tropical cyclone which might sound better, but it isn't better. all it means is the storm has lost the characteristics of a tropical cyclone but still has hurricane-force winds. we want to go near where sandy made landfall. thank you for joining us. what can you tell us about the scene at the site of the landfall? >> reporter: things are a little calmer now than a couple hours ago as sandy came ashore just a few miles south of where we are. the winds have kicked up again, but the rain has stopped. the tide, which the high tide came in at 8:00 p.m. and almost breached these dunes over here, the tide has gone back out. but it's just an eerie scene looking -- >> that's chris live on the scene at atlantic city, which is near where the storm made landfall. we lost the shot. that happens a lot in circumstances like this. and we'll try to get wcau back tonight if we can. do we have
.com. . >>> superstorm sandy has pounded huge portions of the northeast and mid-atlantic at this hour, we know at least 16 people have died. more than 7 million people have been plunged into the dark and local officials have been stunned by the damage and devastation. good tuesday morning. i'm chris jansing reporting live from new york and parts of new york city are underwater this morning. the images from lower manhattan shows cars half submerged. tunnels, subways and the financial district flooded. all of lower manhattan is in the dark. some of those outages caused by a con ed substation that exploded overnight. more than 1.5 million have lost power across new york city, long island and westchester. now we also want to show you these pictures from breezy point, queens, at least 50 homes have been destroyed by fire. further east at least seven homes on fire island have fallen into the ocean. atlantic city, new jersey, took the full force of sandy when it came ashore around 8:00 last night. people that defied an evacuation order are trapped there now. roads are impassable. serious damage is being repor
sandy. i'm chris jansing. we will be here all through the night along with meteorologist bill karins. let's get you caught up on how things are looking and start in new york city right now. where it is eerily dark. over pretty much all of lower manhattan. more than 300,000 new yorkers without power. more than 3 million up and down the east coast are i want sesti the dark at this hour. some of the worst damage here in new york is downtown, by battery park, where a near 14-foot wall of water has flooded the streets as well as the brooklyn battery tunnel which connects brooklyn and manhattan. that is one of two major commuter tunnels in new york that flooded tonight. this storm has left a path of destruction in its wake. the "associated press" reports at least 15 deaths associated with sandy. mostly the result of falling trees. storm-related deaths have been confirmed in new york, new jersey, west virginia, pennsylvania, connecticut. within the last hour, we've learned that a firefighter in connecticut died after a tree hit his vehicle as he was responding to an emergency. the new york
of the aftermath. right now we're in the aftermath period in terms of sandy. tell me how you feel about that. and before we get to rebuilding, people taking care of continuing damage right now, how do you assess the coordination between the state, federal, and local municipalities? >> i think we're doing very well. i think the president's response has been terrific, really. it's been coordinated unlike some of what happened in katrina. and you heard governor christie, who is a republican with president obama working together, and that's how it's been from the president, to the governor, to the counties and the towns. one of the things that i did today was talk to fema about trying to get an office and staff person in various parts of the district today, and they're working on it, and with the money that comes to downs for recovery to rebuild board walks or municipal buildings, i think there is a 25% state and local match. so we ask that that be waived. many of the towns are small and can't afford that. so there's a lot of cooperation going on. >> when you're making those calls, someone is an
by executive order for the whole state of new jersey, the state hardest hit by hurricane sandy. they will be moving halloween to monday, monday, november 5th, in order to protect new jersey's young trick-or-treaters from floodwaters and live wires and downed trees. these crews were fixing fallen power lines in toms river, new jersey, today. nearly 2 million households in new jersey are still without electricity today, day three. for reference in terms of how much of the country that means, even if there were only one person in each of the new jersey households without power, which is t isn't true, even if it was just one, the number of households without power in new jersey means there are more people in day three than the population of each of these states that is marked on the map this is a huge number of americans we are talking about here. and this is not over. this is not something that is done. it is not past tense. widespread flooding is still present. and the national guard today bringing food and supplies to hoboken, new jersey. he talked about hoboken on last night's
the course of 24 hours, look at that. as sandy battered the eastern sea board 6 million customers were left in pitch black. that swath of the eastern united states essentially totally blacked out over the course of one day. and at this hour, more than 6 million electricity customers remain without power in the east. when they say this is the largest storm to have ever hit the east coast of the united states, the word largest in that phrase actually just means the physical area that is covered by this storm, which you can see in the fact that we had outages from virginia to maine. but in terms of the direct hit of this storm, part of what makes this a storm of national significance is that when it came ashore, it hit the most populated place in our country. it's not just new york media dysmorphia. this is the most densely populated region of the country. new jersey's population is the most densely in the area. it is greater than the population of maine, new hampshire, montana, nebraska, north dakota, south dakota, and wyoming combined. all in a state that's significantly smaller than even ju
to hurricane sandy, that is not actually how it worked out. nobody knows exactly how this particular october surprise hurricane is going to affect the technical act of voting. we have had some early voting suspensions and voter registration deadlines and absentee ballot deadlines change in a lot of states directly affected so there may be a technical direct effect of the storm, but more broadly, and especially in terms of these key swing states, this storm is a major unexpected external variable that, frankly, rivals the election in terms of the country's attention. it turns out this october surprise does have political salience. at least in this sense. the most eagerly awaited endorsement in this presidential race happened just before the storm. right? that was colin powell. president obama today actually released an ad highlighting the colin powell endorsement. >> will you endorse president obama? >> yes. when he took over, we were in one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times. close to a depression. and i saw over the next several years stabilization come back in the financia
importantly it's a hurricane. hurricane sandy. . but hurricane sandy combines with a winter storm coming out of the west and that combines further with what they describe as a blast of arctic air. a storm or a storm system or combination of storm systems that's potentially this significant is always of national significance. but in this case the frankenstorm could also be of political significance if its effect was both big enough and its damage long-lasting enough that it complicates not just early voting next week, but also potentially voting on election day itself on november 6th. there's no reason to be alarmist about this, right? but there is reason to pay attention to this storm. reason to pay attention to the storm no matter where you live. even if it's not going to direct you as weather it might directly affect you as politics. in the swing state of virginia, governor bob mcdonnell has already declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the frankenstorm and mitt romney has already canceled a rally set for sunday in virginia beach because of the threat of the storm. so thanks to
the big telethon to raise funds for the hurricane sandy relief effort. i may never endorse candidates, but i'm allowed to tell you how wholeheartedly i endorse this message that if you have the means to do so, even at a small level, if you have the means to do so, you should donate to help the relief efforts for this disaster. if you want to donate by phone, the number is easy to remember. 1-800-help-now. online, you can go to redcross right lane. or you can donate $10 by texting to 90999. when the power came back on in parts of lower manhattan tonight, late this afternoon and early tonight, you could hear the cheering from the lower east side of manhattan. sweet relief, it's been a long week. there was some cheering here at our offices in midtown when we saw the live feed come through. tlougt the night, the lights have been coming on in our homes as well, which is a cause for e relief and lots of gratitude and lots of worry and consternation over the places that are still a long way out from coming back. a point of personal privilege, if you have not donated, think about whether you
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